Diffuse interface modeling and variationally consistent homogenization of fluid transport in fractured porous media
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

We critically assess diffuse interface models for fluid transport in fractured porous media. Such models, often called fracture phase field models, are commonly used to simulate hydraulic stimulation or hydraulic fracturing of fluid-saturated porous rock. In this paper, we focus on the less complex case of fluid transport in stationary fracture networks that is triggered by a hydro-mechanical interaction of the fluid in the fractures with a surrounding poroelastic matrix material. In other words, fracture propagation is not taken into account. This allows us to validate the diffuse interface model quantitatively and to benchmark it against solutions obtained from sharp interface formulations and analytical solutions. We introduce the relevant equations for the sharp and diffuse, i.e. fracture phase field, interface formulations. Moreover, we derive the scale-transition rules for upscaling the fluid-transport problem towards a viscoelastic substitute model via Variationally Consistent Computational Homogenization. This allows us to measure the attenuation associated with fluid transport on the sub-scale. From the numerical investigations we conclude that the conventional diffuse interface formulation fails in predicting the fluid-transport behavior appropriately. The results even tend to be non-physical under certain conditions. We, therefore, propose a modification of the interpolation functions used in the diffuse interface model that leads to reasonable results and to a good approximation of the reference solutions.

Författare

Nele Pollmann

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

Fredrik Larsson

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

Kenneth Runesson

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

Ralf Jänicke

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Material- och beräkningsmekanik

European Journal of Mechanics, A/Solids

0997-7538 (ISSN)

Vol. 84 104067

Ämneskategorier

Geofysisk teknik

Teknisk mekanik

Beräkningsmatematik

DOI

10.1016/j.euromechsol.2020.104067

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2020-11-10